Welcome to Switchback

We enable young men to find a way out of the justice system and build a stable, rewarding life they can be proud of.

Switchback Trainees are five times less likely to return to custody

About Switchback

Switchback is an award-winning charity enabling young men to find a way out of the justice system and build stable, rewarding lives. We keep our Trainees at the heart of everything we do.

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What We Do

Through intensive 1-to-1 support either side of the prison gate and real work training, we enable young men to make real, lasting change. We use our evidence to inspire change across the system.

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Seeing my Switchback Mentor in prison meant I already knew her once I got out. She understands me and understands the journey I’m taking. If I was doing it by myself I reckon things would have gone off track by now.

Daniel, Switchback Trainee

We build transformative relationships

Our model is centred on a meaningful relationship between Switchback Mentor and Trainee lasting for as long as it takes.
Real-work training leading to a job after release is just one part of the Switchback process. We challenge and encourage each Trainee to take control and make real, lasting change in his mindset and lifestyle.
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Our Impact

Working across London, Switchback supports over 600 young men every year on their journey out of the justice system and towards real, lasting change.

50

young men each year become Switchback Trainees, with intensive 1-to-1 support through-the-gate and real work training

550

young men each year receive 1-to-1 support in prison to prepare for release with a Switchback Mentor

57%

of Switchback Trainees reach our benchmark of real, lasting change: a fundamental shift in mindset and lifestyle

92%

of Switchback Trainees do not reoffend within a year of release

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Winner

Longford Prize 2019

Shortlisted

Charity of the Year, Charity Times Awards 2019

Shortlisted

Criminal Justice Alliance Outstanding Organisation 2017

Winner

Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Re-Integration 2016

Switchback shows that if you really want to change lives, this is exactly the approach that makes sense. The lesson from Switchback is that providing that trust, that human relationship is central for change

Prisons Minister, UK Government

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